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October 2021

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Caladh Nua – Excitement, Energy and Excellence!

The night Caladh Nua played at the Evergreen was one of those extra special ones. This is a traditional band from Ireland composed of great musicians of considerable talent who have come together to share and spread the sheer joy they have in their music. They played a varied repertoire of traditional dance music, songs and recently composed pieces for us and you will get a feel for this in the gallery of photographs on this site. View the image gallery with two tracks featured playing on it from the band’s recent CD “Next Stop”. The first is a song entitled “The Cruel Lowland Maid” which leads into the instrumental “Miss Susan Coopers”. Thanks to the band for kind permission to use two of their tracks.

Caladh Nua at the Evergreen Theatre 2011
Caladh Nua at the Evergreen Theatre

One of the delights of this band, quite apart from the outstanding musicianship was their unassuming, relaxed, yet professional attitude. They were clearly having so much fun in their music that it was simply impossible to stop being swept up along with them in the energy of their sheer joy and exuberance. As a band they were tight, fully engaged and connected with each other and with their audience. The band is composed of Eoin O’Meachair (tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle & vocals), Paddy Tutty (fiddle, viola and bodhran), Lisa Butler (lead vocals and fiddle), Colm O’Caoimh (guitar, bouzouki and vocals) and Derek Morrissey (button accordion). (Incidentally he plays the same make of accordion that Steven does, a Bertrand Gaillard, so has impeccable taste!

I was having so much fun listening to this band that I did not jot down the set list in my usual fashion, but a few of the pieces that stand out in my mind were a particularly sensitive rendition of a beautiful song by Richard Thompson “Bees Wing” performed by Colm and Lisa; an American piece entitled “The Goldrush” played by Eoin and Colm; and a beautiful composition by Lisa Butler’s brother Eric, entitled “Farewell to You” as well as the music featured on our photo album.

It was, quite simply a great pleasure to be present. If you get a chance to hear this terrific band somewhere, grab it with both hands!

All Evergreen Theatre 2011 performances can be viewed on the main gallery: here

Ellie and Steven

The legendary Gabriel Yacoub at the Evergreen

The theatre lights failed us that night (so the photographs look a little different than usual), calling for emergency measures, but Gabriel Yacoub, the legendary French singer lit up the Evergreen and warmed the hearts of the appreciative audience. Quick link to the image gallery with a track entitled “La Belle Anversoise” from his recent CD “de la nature des choses” playing over it. Read on below for more on the concert.

Gabriel Yacoub at the Evergreen Theatre 2011
Gabriel Yacoub at the Evergreen Theatre

Just to find a singer of such renown playing in the Evergreen Theatre is astonishing in itself. In Gabriel Yacoub we have a performer with such a long and impressive career that he might be expected to have a seriously superior attitude. Such was absolutely not the case as he was personable and warm, witty, friendly and down to earth to all. His performance was a well rounded mix of traditional French songs as well as his own compositions. His preambles about the pieces were as engaging as the music itself as he brought together the old world and the new with tales of tunes that he had found in Canada that had been preserved in a better state than could be found in the French tradition. His piece “Souvenirs Oubliés” (Forgotten Memories) was a poignant and beautiful reminiscence that we can all relate to, inspired by sad personal losses he incurred in a fire. He reminds us in this beautiful song of how our memories remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives, long after our physical possessions are dust or ashes.

Thank you, Gabriel Yacoub, for such a memorable concert night at our favourite theatre, in Margaretsville. Just as you expressed in the thoughts in “Souvenirs Oubliés”, we will cherish the memory of this night.

All Evergreen Theatre 2011 performances can be viewed on the main gallery: here

Ellie and Steven

Meaghan Smith charms the Evergreen audience again!

Meaghan Smith has several awards under her belt since we last saw her perform, including for 2011 both a Juno and an ECMA (Pop Recording of the Year) and it is easy to see why. Although the Juno was for ‘best emerging artist’, Meaghan has a confidence and a connection with her audience that belies the ’emerging’ tag and shows her star quality. Here is the link to the performance image gallery with a track entitled “Soft Touch” from Meahan’s recent CD “The Cricket’s Orchestra” playing over it.

Meaghan Smith at the Evergreen Theatre 2011
Meaghan Smith at the Evergreen Theatre

Meaghan’s beautiful strong clear voice filled the venue whether she was singing accompanied by Jason Mingo her guitarist hus’band’, playing her own guitar or having fun with her Omnichord. While her performance is polished and professional, it also has a warmth and enthusiasm that endears her to her audience. The feeling we were left with when the show was over was one of irrepressible happiness.

Thank you again for bringing such joy to the Evergreen Theatre, Meaghan.

All Evergreen Theatre 2011 performances can be viewed on the main gallery: here

Ellie and Steven